2012 Corvette A_Corvette 2012 A,Get To Know Guide

Review this Quick Reference Guide for an overview of some important features in your Chevrolet
Corvette. More detailed information can be found in your Owner Manual. Some optional equipment✦
described in this guide may not be included in your vehicle. For easy reference, keep this guide with
your Owner Manual in your glove box.
✦ denotes optional equipment
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INSTRUMENT PANEL
Head-Up
Display
Controls✦
Interior
Lighting
Control
Turn Signal Lever/
Exterior Lamps
Bluetooth
Control/Cruise
Controls✦
Control
Fuel Door
Release Button/
Hatch/Trunk
Release Button
Paddle Shift
(Not shown –
automatic
transmission only)
Power
Tilt Steering
Folding Top
Wheel
Button✦
Lever
Telescopic
Steering
Wheel
Control
Windshield
Wipers
Lever
Driver
Information
Center
Controls
Audio Steering Start/Stop
Wheel
Button
Controls
Symbols
Fog Lamps
Lights On
Security
1-to-4 Shift (manual
transmission)
2
Check Engine
Low Tire Pressure
Brake System Warning
Active Handling/
Traction Control Off
Antilock Brake System
Warning
Safety Belt Reminder
Airbag Readiness
Hazard Warning
Flashers Button
Driver’s
Heated Seat
Control✦
Audio System/
Navigation System✦
Active
Handling
System Button
Magnetic
Selective Ride
Control✦
Automatic Climate
Controls
Passenger’s
Heated Seat
Control✦
Note: Refer to your Owner Manual to learn about the information being relayed by the lights and
gauges of the instrument cluster, as well as what to do to ensure safety and prevent damage to
your vehicle.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
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KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM
The Keyless Access System enables operation of the doors, ignition and hatch/trunk
without removing the transmitter from a pocket or purse. The system will recognize the
transmitter when it is within 3 feet of the vehicle.
Entering the Vehicle
• With the transmitter within range of the
vehicle, press the pad (A) at the rear
edge of each door to unlock and open
the door.
A
C
B
Leaving the Vehicle
• Press the button at the top of the pull
handle to open the door.
Hatch/Trunk Access
There are four ways to open the
hatch/trunk:
• With the transmitter within range of the
vehicle, press the release button (B).
• Press and hold the
Hatch/Trunk
Release button on the transmitter.
• Insert the master key from the transmitter into the lock cylinder (C).
• From inside the vehicle, press the
Hatch/Trunk Release button on the left
side of the instrument panel.
Transmitter Battery
Refer to the Owner Manual for transmitter
battery replacement information.
Note: Do not twist the master key inside the
transmitter to open the case.
If the transmitter battery is weak and the
No Fob Detected message is displayed:
• Insert the transmitter into the pocket on
the left side of the glove box. This will
enable the engine to start.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
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AUXILIARY RELEASES
If the vehicle battery is weak or disconnected, the driver’s door can be opened manually.
Outside the Vehicle
1. Insert the master key into the lock
cylinder above the license plate and
turn it to open the hatch/trunk.
2. Pull the Door Release handle on the
driver’s side of the hatch/trunk.
Inside the Vehicle
• Pull the Door Release handle on the
floor next to the driver’s seat.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
BATTERY CARE TIPS
Battery Charger✦
If the vehicle is not driven weekly or the battery is disconnected or drained, use the
optional battery charger to charge the battery. To operate the charger, plug it into a
standard electrical outlet and into the vehicle’s accessory power outlet.
See Vehicle Care in your Owner Manual.
Window Indexing
To provide a tight seal, the window will automatically open slightly when the door is
opened and then automatically close when the door is closed.
If battery power is disconnected, initialize the indexing feature:
1. With the door closed, pull up the window switch to fully raise the window.
2. Hold up the switch for 3 seconds after the window is closed; then release it.
3. Hold up the switch again for 3 seconds; then release it.
Note: The power windows and power convertible top✦ will not operate until the window indexing
feature is initialized.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
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STARTING AND STOPPING THE ENGINE
The Keyless Access transmitter must be in the vehicle to turn on the ignition.
Start the Engine
• Press the brake pedal (automatic transmission) or the clutch pedal (manual
transmission) and then press the
Start button (top part of the button).
Stop the Engine
• Shift to Park (automatic transmission only).
• Press and hold the
Off button
(bottom part of the button).
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
POWER SEATS✦
D
A
B
C
A. Seat Adjustment
Move the front control to move the seat
forward or rearward and to tilt, raise or
lower the seat.
B. Lumbar Adjustment✦
Press or pull the vertical control to
adjust the lumbar support.
C. Side Bolster Adjustment✦
Press or pull the horizontal control to
adjust the side bolsters.
D. Seatback Recline Adjustment
Lift the lever to adjust the seatback.
See Seats and Restraints in your Owner Manual.
WINDSHIELD WIPERS AND WASHER
High
Low
Delay
Rotate the band to adjust the delay
between wipes.
Off
Mist
Washer Fluid
Press the button on the end of the lever.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
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EXTERIOR/INTERIOR LIGHTING
Exterior Lamps
Rotate the outer band to operate the
exterior lamps.
Off/On
AUTO Automatic Headlamp System
Activates the Daytime Running Lamps
(DRLs) in the daytime and the headlamps
and other exterior lamps at night or when
necessary.
Parking Lamps
Headlamps
Fog Lamps
Rotate the inner band to turn the fog
lamps on or off.
Interior Lighting
Instrument Brightness Control
Rotate and hold the knob to brighten or
dim the instrument panel lighting.
Press the knob to turn the interior lighting
on or off.
Note: If the interior lights stay on, press the
knob to ensure that the lights are turned off and
were not turned on inadvertently.
See Lighting in your Owner Manual.
CRUISE CONTROL
Setting Cruise Control
1. Slide the switch to the position (On).
2. When traveling at the desired speed,
press the
button on the end of the
lever to set the speed.
Adjusting Cruise Control
+ Resume/Accelerate
Slide the switch to the + position to
resume a set speed or to increase speed.
– Coast
When active, press the – button on the
end of the lever to decrease speed.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
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AUDIO SYSTEM
Power/
Volume
Tune radio
stations/
Adjust audio
settings
Seek/Scan
radio
stations,
CDs
1–6:
Preset
stations
Reverse/
Fast
Forward
RDM:
RPT:
Random Repeat
play
play
Song
list
MUTE
Eject
disc
Auxiliary
input
TRAF:
H/M:
AUTO EQ:
BAND: CD/AUX:
CAT:
AUTO
Play traffic Equalization
Adjust the FM, AM, Play a CD
XM
Display
time
or portable available category information
settings
XM
Automatic
audio device
Volume
song
information
Setting a Preset Station
1. With the radio on, press BAND to select FM1, FM2, AM, XM1 or XM2.
2. Tune in the desired station.
3. Press AUTO EQ to select the equalization.
4. Press and hold one of the numbered pushbuttons until a beep sounds.
Note: Avoid extended searching for items or configuring settings while driving.
See Infotainment System in your Owner Manual.
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NAVIGATION AUDIO SYSTEM✦
Voice recognition
SRCE:
AM, FM1, FM2, XM1,
XM2, CD, AUX
NAV:
Map screen
Audio and
screen settings
Next or Previous
station/Tune in a station
Power/Volume
Open/Close faceplate
Note: Load one of the two navigation DVDs for
navigation functions. Avoid extended searching
for items or configuring settings while driving.
• Use the touch screen buttons to access navigation and audio system functions.
• When entering a destination, make sure the system is set to the correct destination
region and the desired route preferences, such as allowing toll roads.
Setting a Preset Station
1. Press the SRCE button.
2. Touch the desired Band screen button.
3. Press the Seek/Tune button to tune in
the desired station.
4. Press and hold one of the six preset
screen buttons until a beep sounds.
Note: Not all USB devices may be supported.
Portable Audio Devices
A 3.5mm auxiliary input jack and a USB
port are located in the center console.
• Press the SRCE button and then
touch the arrow screen button to
display the auxiliary device operation
screen.
• Compatible devices connected to the
USB port can be controlled by the
audio system.
• Portable devices connected to the input
jack can be controlled only by using the
portable device controls.
See your Navigation System Owner Manual.
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AUDIO STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS
+ – Volume
Press the + or – button to increase or
decrease the volume.
Seek/Scan
Press the up or down button to go to the
next or previous radio station or CD track.
1–6 Preset Stations
Press to go to the next preset radio
station.
See Infotainment System in your Owner Manual.
BLUETOOTH® SYSTEM CONTROLS✦
The in-vehicle Bluetooth system allows users with a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to make
and receive hands-free calls using the vehicle’s audio system, microphone and controls.
The Bluetooth-enabled cell phone must be paired with the vehicle’s Bluetooth system
before it can be used in the vehicle. Not all phones will support all functions.
Push to Talk
Press and hold to interact with the OnStar
or Bluetooth system✦.
End Call
Press to end or reject a call.
See Infotainment System in your Owner Manual
or visit www.gm.com/bluetooth.
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DRIVER INFORMATION CENTER (DIC)
The DIC displays a variety of vehicle
system information and warning messages.
Fuel
Press to display average fuel economy,
instantaneous fuel economy, fuel range.
Gauges
Press to display oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature, transmission
fluid temperature, battery voltage, tire
pressures.
TRIP
Press to display the odometer, trip
odometers, elapsed timer, average speed,
engine oil life.
OPTION
Press to scroll through the Personal
Options menu.
RESET
Press to set or clear the displayed menu
item or warning message.
Vehicle Personalization
1. Continually press the OPTION button to scroll through the menu.
2. Press the RESET button to scroll through the options for the displayed menu item.
3. Press the OPTION button to record the setting of the displayed option.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
HEAD-UP DISPLAY✦ (HUD)
The HUD projects a range of vehicle
information on the windshield, reducing
the need to look away from the road.
MODE
Press to scroll through the Street Mode
(with audio and navigation functions) and
Track Modes (with G-Force gauge).
PAGE
Press to customize the HUD modes.
Up/Down
Adjust the up/down position of the display
on the windshield.
+ – Brightness
Press to brighten or dim the display.
Press and hold the – button to turn off
the HUD.
See Instruments and Controls in your Owner Manual.
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AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL
AUTO:
Automatic
operation
Driver’s
temperature
control/Off
Driver’s
Driver’s
heated seat heated
seat Off
control
Yellow – Low
Red – High
Driver’s
temperature
display
Outside
temperature
display
Passenger’s
temperature
display
Passenger’s
temperature Rear window
control
defogger
Recirculation
Air
Defrost
Air
Decrease/
mode
conditioning Increase delivery mode
Off
fan speed mode
Passenger’s Passenger’s
heated seat heated seat
Off
control
Yellow – Low
Red – High
Automatic Operation
1. Press AUTO.
2. Set the temperature. Allow time for the system to automatically reach the desired
temperature. Press the passenger’s temperature control to switch between single zone
and dual zone modes.
If the air delivery mode or fan setting is manually adjusted, automatic operation is
turned off.
Note: The recirculation mode can help to quickly cool the air inside the vehicle or prevent outside
odors from entering the vehicle. When the recirculation mode is used without air conditioning, the air
humidity increases and the windows may fog.
See Climate Controls in your Owner Manual.
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HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING FEATURES
Active Handling and Traction Control Systems
The Traction Control system limits wheelspin and the Active Handling system assists with
directional control of the vehicle in difficult driving conditions. The
Active
Handling/Traction Control button is located on the center console.
• Press the button once to turn off Traction Control.
• Press and hold the button to turn off both Traction Control and Active Handling.
• Press the button twice to activate the Competitive Driving Mode.
• Press the button again to turn on Traction Control and Active Handling. Both systems
turn on automatically every time the vehicle is started.
Magnetic Selective Ride Control✦
The Magnetic Selective Ride Control system provides reduced impact harshness and
improved road isolation, high-speed stability and handling response. The Magnetic
Selective Ride Control knob is located on the center console.
TOUR: Use for normal city and highway driving for a smooth, comfortable ride.
SPORT: Use where road conditions or personal preference demand more responsive,
controlled handling.
Performance Traction Management
(ZR1 or Z06 with Magnetic Selective Ride Control)
Performance Traction Management offers five modes of operation, all designed to provide
consistent performance when cornering in a variety of track conditions.
1. Press the
Active Handling button twice to activate Performance Traction
Management.
2. Rotate the Magnetic Selective Ride Control knob to scroll through each mode.
6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission
• While in Drive (D), use either paddle to
temporarily take control of gear selection.
• Push either paddle on the steering wheel
to upshift or squeeze either paddle behind
the steering wheel to downshift. The
current gear will be displayed on the
instrument cluster or HUD✦ (if equipped).
• Move the shift lever to the Sport (S)
position to activate Sport mode, which provides firmer automatic shifts when not using
the steering wheel paddles.
• Move the shift lever to Sport (S) and use the paddles to enter manual mode.
• Push a + paddle for one second or move the shift lever to Drive (D) to return to
automatic operation.
Note: If current vehicle speed is too high or too low for the requested gear, the shift will not occur.
When coming to a stop, the transmission will automatically downshift.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
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HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING FEATURES
Manual Transmission Operation
The 6-speed manual transmission includes a 1-to-4 shift feature that helps achieve the
best possible fuel economy. The
shift light will turn on when, from a standstill,
acceleration and vehicle qualifications are met. When the shift light is on, the transmission
can be shifted only from 1st to 4th gear. Forcing the shift lever into any other gear may
damage the transmission.
See Driving and Operating in your Owner Manual.
Run-Flat Tires
The run-flat tires eliminate the need for a spare tire. The tire design enables safe function
during and after loss of pressure for some distance at a moderate speed. Driving only a
short distance with a loss of pressure increases the chance that the tire can be repaired.
Contact Roadside Assistance as soon as possible for the nearest run-flat tire servicing
facility to have the tire inspected.
Tire Pressure Monitor
The Low Tire Pressure warning light on the instrument cluster illuminates when a
significant reduction in pressure occurs in one or more of the vehicle’s tires. The warning
light will remain on until the tire pressure is corrected. Current tire pressures can be
displayed using the
Gauges button on the Driver Information Center.
Tire pressure is affected by cold weather and distance driven. If the low tire pressure
warning light illuminates and then turns off as the vehicle is driven in cooler temperatures,
check for the proper tire pressures.
PS Cup Tires✦
Z06 and ZR1 models may be equipped with PS Cup tires. These tires are optimized for
warm, dry road conditions and have a reduced tread wear rating.
Groove Tracking
The wide tires on the Corvette provide sure-footed grip and excellent road feel; however,
the wider design may also be more susceptible to grooves or wear patterns on some
roads.
Tire Chatter
During hard, slow turns, such as parking, the difference in steering angle of the tires may
cause one tire to slide or hop lightly to keep up with the other tire. This hop of the wide
tires may cause a chatter sound. The noise will stop as the wheels are straightened.
Brake Dust
The high performance brake materials and large size of the brakes may result in a fine
dust coating the outer surface of the wheels. Wash the wheels with regular soap and
water to remove the dust.
Note: Automatic car washes are not recommended.
See Vehicle Care in your Owner Manual.
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COUPE ROOF PANEL
A
B
A
Remove the Roof Panel
1. Lower the windows.
2. Pull each front lever (A) outward.
3. Press the button on the rear lever and
pull down the lever (B).
4. Lift the front edge of the panel up and
forward out of the roof opening.
Properly store the roof panel in the rear
storage compartment.
Install the Roof Panel
1. With all levers in the open position, place the rear edge of the panel on the back of the
roof opening and align the pins with the openings in the weatherstrip.
2. Lower the front edge of the panel.
3. Turn each front lever (A) inward to lock the front latches.
4. Push up the rear lever (B) to lock the rear latch.
See Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
CONVERTIBLE TOP OPERATION✦
Before operating the convertible top, park the vehicle and make sure that the trunk
partition is in the fastened, upright position (Power Top only), and that the trunk is closed.
Operate the Power Top✦
1. Start the engine, shift to Park or Neutral, and set the parking brake.
2. Pull and turn the front latch clockwise to unlock the top; pull and turn it counterclockwise to lock the top.
3. Press and hold the bottom of the
Power Folding Top button on the left side of the
instrument panel (see page 2) to lower the top; press the top of the button to raise the
top. A chime will sound when the top is lowered or raised completely.
Note: After a loss of battery power, initialize the window indexing to operate the power top.
Lower the Manual Top✦
1. Pull and turn the front latch clockwise to unlock the top.
2. Lift the front edge and the rear edge of the top so that they are straight up.
3. Press the release button under the tonneau cover behind the driver’s seat.
The windows will automatically lower. Raise the tonneau cover.
Note: The cover will not unlatch if the trunk is open or the vehicle alarm is armed.
4. Push forward on the front edge of the top to allow the rear edge of the top to move to
its full-down position. Then move the top rearward to its fully stored position.
5. Make sure that the top is fully retracted and close the tonneau cover.
See the Convertible Top Supplement or Keys, Doors and Windows in your Owner Manual.
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CAR WASH GUIDELINES
Automatic car washes are not recommended. They may cause damage to the vehicle,
wheels or convertible top✦. To avoid possible damage, use a touchless car wash.
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
1-800-CHEV-USA
TTY Users: 1-888-889-2438
(1-800-243-8872)
As the owner of a new Chevrolet, your vehicle is automatically enrolled in the Chevrolet
Roadside Assistance program for 5 years/100,000 miles at no expense to you. This valueadded service is intended to provide you with peace of mind as you drive across town or
travel the open road.
Chevrolet’s Roadside Assistance toll-free number is staffed by a team of trained advisors
who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to contact a service provider for light
services (fuel delivery, jump-starts, flat tire and lock-outs) or make arrangements to tow
your vehicle to the nearest Chevrolet dealer.
ONSTAR®
If you require roadside service and have a current OnStar subscription, press the OnStar
button and the vehicle will send your current GPS location to an OnStar Advisor who will
speak to you, assess your problem, contact Roadside Assistance and relay your exact
location so you will get the help you need.
For more information about OnStar services, press the OnStar button, refer to the OnStar
Owner Guide, call 1-888-466-7827 or visit onstar.com.
CHEVROLET OWNER CENTER
The Chevrolet Owner Center, a complimentary service for Chevrolet owners, is a one-stop
resource designed to enhance your Chevrolet ownership experience. Exclusive member
benefits include online service reminders, vehicle maintenance tips, online owner manual,
special privileges and more.
Sign up today at www.gmownercenter.com/chevrolet.
An online owner manual and additional ownership information also is available at
www.chevrolet.com/owners.
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complete instructions. All information contained herein is based on the latest information available at the time of
printing and is subject to change without notice. Copyright 2011 General Motors. All rights reserved.
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